You may need
this licence if you intend to operate a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for
commercial, government or research purposes.
need this licence if you intend to fly small (2-25kg), medium (25-150kg) or
large (>150kg) RPA for commercial purposes.
You will not
need this licence if you intend to fly an RPA for recreational or sporting purposes.
RPA for recreational use may include but are not limited to: model aircraft,
remote controlled aeroplanes and helicopters, blimps, rockets, kites, pyrotechnics and drones.
You will not
need this licence if you intend to fly a very small (<2kg) RPA. If you
intend to operate a very small RPA for commercial purposes you only have to
provide notification to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at least five days before the first commercial
flight and operate by the standard operating conditions.
You will not
need this licence if you are a private landowner and intend to carry out
commercial-like operations on your own land with a small (2-25kg) RPA provided
that you follow the standard operating conditions and none of the parties
involved receive remuneration. If you intend to operate a medium (25-150kg)
RPA you will not need this licence but you will need a Remote Pilot Licence
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To receive this licence you will need to:
- obtain a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)
- complete an
Application for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Operator?s Certificate (OC)
- complete and
submit supporting documentation including your Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems RPAS operations manual and RPAS
- be assessed
and interviewed by a CASA inspector.
Upon certification, RPA Operators Certificates (ReOC) are valid for an initial twelve months, requiring
the operator to renew after one year of operating. Upon renewal, ReOCs
are then valid for three years.
As of August 2016, the expected certification process takes approximately eighty working days from receipt of payment.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)
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